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Texas Debut of Award-Winning Comedy

a Southern ExposureOne of our club members, Johnette Russell (stage name Johnna Leigh), will be starring  in a one-night-only performance of A Southern Exposure  on  Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in historical downtown, Wylie, Texas.

First developed and produced by the Tony Award winning Barter Theatre for the 2011-2012 season,  A Southern Exposure , a comedy-drama, went on to productions from L.A. to Louisville with upcoming shows slated throughout the South. However, playwright, Kelley Kingston-Strayer, has restricted all theatrical productions in the Lone Star state until now. “Texas is my home,” she explained. “You want (creative) control of your own back forty. Know what I mean?”

Acclaimed Director and founding member of the Rockwall Community Playhouse, Darlene Singleton, was hand-picked by Kingston-Strayer to direct the all-female, 4 member cast.  Singleton, with well over 100 theatrical productions to her credit, is excited about the show. “I read a lot of scripts. It’s rare to find a new play that’s this good.”

The Honorable Mayor Eric Hogue will introduce the play and  the cast: Johnna Leigh, Deb Caperton Ballard, Abby Archibald McKinney and Stacy Kluttz .  All are veteran actors of the DFW area and will be on hand at 96◦ West Winery to sign autographs after the show.

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* A percentage of the box office will benefit Wylie Christian Center and Equest, Wylie’s therapeutic horsemanship center for children with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Herbs for the Garden

herb garden1If you were not able to attend the monthly meeting yesterday, you missed a real treat.  Guest speaker, Marian Buchanan, provided an excellent presentation  on how to grow herbs in Texas and use them in the kitchen.  The herbed butter she shared with us was absolutely delicious! Here’s a copy of her Herb Presentation if you would like more information.  Both books she recommended, Southern Herb Growing by Madalene Hill and The Herb Gardner Cookbook by Lucinda Hutson, are available on Amazon. Enjoy!

Also, the herb that has the flavor of celery that Particia Gatlin mentioned is cutting celery,  not lovage.


Submitted by Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Tours – March 15th – April 7th

tyler azalea trail 2013Kids getting bored over spring break?  Maybe you would like to plan a day trip with friends.   Why not take a short drive east and enjoy the  breathtaking beauty of Tyler’s Azalea and Spring Flower Trails  (March 15th thru April 7th, 2013).   You will see mile after mile of azaleas, dogwood trees and spring flowers that you have to see to believe.  It has been praised by visitors as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise.

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Gardening Resource – Check It Out!

Need a spring planting schedule for North Texas, a recommendation on  what bean varieties are best for Dallas County, or maybe how to become a Texas Master Gardner?  This information and much more can be found on the Aggie Horticulture Web site.  Be sure to check out the Texas Superstar Plants like the Texas Maroon Bluebonnet!

Maroon Bluebonnet

Maroon Bluebonnet

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Register Now for Sustainability Summit

SustainabilitySummitForWebDon’t  miss the opportunity  to attend the 2013 DCCCD Sustainabiliy Summit, which is free, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28 at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Ave. Registration is now open!

Hear keynote speaker, Joel Salatin,  talk about how his alternative methods of farming can heal the land.    Salatin’s 550-acre family farm, called Polyface, is featured prominently in author and New York Times columnist Michael Pollan’s 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary films Food, Inc. and Fresh.

His speech and the rest of the DCCCD summit are free. But you can spend a day with Salatin at a workshop March 27. Register for the $250 workshop, also held at Mountain View College.

You’ll also be able to view dozens of presentations and exhibits that will address how individuals, the local business community and educational institutions benefit from sustainability.

At the DCCCD Sustainability Summit, you’ll be able to hear presenters in five tracks:

• Healthy Living
• Urban Agriculture
• Resource and Energy Efficiency
• Smart Cities
• Green Careers and Jobs

Register now!

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Dallas Blooms!

Dallas Arboretum - Sunday, March 4th

Dallas Arboretum – Sunday, March 4th

The Dallas Arboretum’s annual showcase of spring blooms runs from March 2nd  – April 7th.   This year in tribute to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, a playhouse exhibit entitled “The Adventures of Great Explorers will be part of Dallas Blooms. Six explorers:  Admiral Byrd, Marco Polo, Captain James Cook, Ponce de Leon, Lewis & Clark, and Hernan Cortes, will be showcased with small replications for children of destinations where each explorer traveled.

The Dallas Arboretum is located at: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218, 214 515 6500.  Admission:   $15 for adults (13-64), $12 for seniors (65+), $10 for children (3-12), children under 3 free, onsite self-parking  $10.00 .

Submitted by:  Martha Billman – Communications Committee

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Sunnyvale Garden Club Meeting – 03/12/13

“Fun and Friendship in the Garden”

kitchen herbs

kitchen herbs

Date/Time:  Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 10AM


  • Sunnyvale Town Hall
  • 127 N. Collins Road
  • Sunnyvale, Texas 75182
  • 972-226-7177

Program:     “My Friend Herb or is it Erb?”

Program Speaker:

Marian Buchanan* Dallas County Master Gardner

North Texas Unit of Herb Society of America,  past Chair

Essential kitchen herbs thrive in N. Texas –  power point and lecture.

*authoritative Speaker

Hostesses:   Merry Ziegenfus – Lead Hostess, Joan Perry, Georgeann Moss, Patricia Gatlin, Martha Billman, Mollie McClelland, Jackie Seaborn, Jane Nicholson.

Business:  Call to Order, President’s Welcome, Inspirational, Pledge of Allegiance, Officer and Committee Reports, Old and New Business, Announcements, Invocation.


  • Donations for Sharing Life Outreach – please bring any non-perishable food items.
  • Plant Exchange  – get your plants ready for the plant exchange in April.

Submitted by Martha Billman – SGC Communications Committee